First UK edition, first printing. Original green cloth lettered in gilt to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout. Light spotting and toning to page block edges. Light offsetting to the front free endpaper. Spine tips are a touch softened. The dustwrapper is toned to the spine, folds and upper edges, with a few spots and light stains to the spine. Rubbed to upper spine tip and corners with a couple of small areas of loss and short closed tears. Not price-clipped (42s net to the front flap).
Structured around the lectures Auden delivered at Oxford as Professor of Poetry between 1956 and 1961, 'The Dyer's Hand' is the most substantial volume of prose the author published during his lifetime and, apart from the the lectures, contains essays on a huge variety of subjects including Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, Yeats, Kafka, D. H. Lawrence, Dickens, and Detective fiction. There are also sections devoted to Shakespeare and Opera. The UK edition followed the US edition (published a year earlier). Published 19 April 1963 in an edition of 3000 copies. (Bloomfield and Mendelson A 45b).
Stock code: 22016